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1. A pale to very pale green.
2. A type of pottery having a pale green glaze, originally produced in China.

[French, after Céladon, the central male character of L'Astrée, a widely read pastoral novel by Honoré d'Urfé (1568-1625), French writer (the character being associated with the color green in the popular imagination and probably dressed in a pale green costume in early theatrical adaptations, perhaps because of the association of the color green with amorous adventures), after Celadōn, a warrior briefly mentioned in Ovid's Metamorphoses.]

cel′a·don′ adj.
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1. (Ceramics) a type of porcelain having a greyish-green glaze: mainly Chinese
2. (Colours) a pale greyish-green colour, sometimes somewhat yellow
[C18: from French, from the name of the shepherd hero of L'Astrée (1610), a romance by Honoré d'Urfé]
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(ˈsɛl əˌdɒn, -dn)

1. any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze.
2. a pale gray-green.
[1760–70; after Céladon, a character in L'Astrée, a tale by H. d'Urfé (1568–1625), French writer]
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nSeladon nt
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Would, by father Jove, Minerva, and Apollo, that I were still young and strong as when the Pylians and Arcadians were gathered in fight by the rapid river Celadon under the walls of Pheia, and round about the waters of the river Iardanus.
Sebastian Izzard, a leading New York dealer, says: 'Goryeo celadons have been coming to the West for 120 years.
Vases with applied chilong decoration can be found in China as early as the eighth century on Longquan celadons - a type of stoneware covered with a soft green glaze.
Klein and Reid's inspiration comes from such far-flung sources as American diner china, antique Asian celadons, and Dutch tulipieres, which inspired their crushingly elegant series of rose bowls and tulip vases.
The must-have accent color of choice was green, from lush tropical shades to pale, barely there celadons.
Each of these developments, Berry claims, posed social challenges: "Although the invasion of the streets by furyu dancers was a more public act of aggression, the flaunting of Chinese celadons by townsmen may have been more bruising to noble bones." (p.
Imagining you were born and grew up in that culture surrounded by magnificent celadons, and of course it will not be surprising to try to analyze the details of this beauty and produce.
The colour of the old Longquan celadons varies from duck-egg blue, through blue-green, to a greyish green, to a bright olive, the exact tint largely depending on the ratio of iron oxide to titania in the raw materials.
Deep, rich colors, he said, are included, as one would expect in this type of line, however, Redding also added colors such as powder pinks, celadons, and peach tones, or, "textures that resemble fine French silks and woven damasks."
They sit midway between matt and gloss enhanced by slow cooling which allows the crystallization, so sought after in 12th and 13th century Chinese celadons, to develop.
Longquan in Southern Zhejiang, however, was famous for what European connoisseurs termed "celadons", green-glazed wares with opaque, pale grey bodies that oxidised to a rich rusty red colour as they cooled in the kiln.
Among these wares, some of the most unique and appealing are the sturdy greenglazed stonewares traditionally known as Sawankhalok, and more recently as Si Satchanalai, celadons. Early examples of these wares are known to have made their way by trade as far east as Okinawa, and shards from late vessels have been unearthed as far west as Egypt (Guy 1986).